It’s about Mom this Week

photoUnfortunately this week is NOT about me.  Dad says it’s a nice change in the Dopart-Batchelor house since I may become too narcissistic.

Isn’t that what dogs are all about?  I’m not sure he knows this so maybe I just need to reinforce how the household works.  Maybe if I sulk here with the Mama Tooter blanket someone will feel sorry for me.

Mom redid her website and it’s all brand new.  The only reason she even knew how to navigate word press is because of my blog, but no one’s mentioning that.

So I guess I have to advertise for her this week.  If you want to take a look it’s actually pretty cool and much more complicated than my site.  If you want to know anything about nutrition and health here’s the place to go, but IF you just happen to want to know more about me, dogs, and dog nutrition just stay on my page.

The weather in Santa Monica this week is nothing to brag about – it seems to have reverted to June Gloom, although the sun is peeking out right now and it’s 73 degrees.  Much more next week my peeps!

Here’s to love and world peace!

Perry

Happy Coffee Weekend!

photo-2This weekend was very exciting and just a little bit of craziness. As you know the parental units are working away at some project or another but my energy level keeps me going…and well as everyone else in the house. That’s right folks – I still have my troublemaker self going strong which keeps them on their toes.

Like this morning – my itchy skin is back so I decided they had sufficient sleep and started my licking at 4:30 AM. I mean seriously, I went to bed at 8:30 last night and had my rest, but I want them on my schedule.

Dad was cool and got up with me and we went to the living room to let Mom rest. He was even patient with me and covered my feet with the blanket. It was pretty funny him using me as a pillow. He fell back asleep and we rested. OK, I was sort of cool and let him cruise through some Z’s but just for a short time. Then I woke him at 5:30 with a big load yawn in his face.

He mumbled something about my bad breath and we finally got up…

Next we went on a big walk and I got to see some of the neighborhood PITAS and that really got Dad walking. I was good and did not pull too much but those “friends” really get me going. They did not squeak like #1 PITA in the backyard.

Then things got really exciting since we went to Bar Nine Collective, a cool coffee-house in Culver City. My friend Zayde had the vision for making and serving the perfect cup of coffee and he made it happen. They even had a nice water dish for us canines.  I did get a little miffed since Dad got a yummy cookie and I did NOT since the canine cookies are at home.

With all this fun I had to have a serious moment. I hear there is a lot going on in the world lately and that makes me wonder, but glad I do not have to deal with it too much. We need to pray for people’s safety here in the US and to all my friends in other countries.

I mean I kept hearing about a “photo op” and got really excited. I love photo ops, so if any of you including the president wants one with me I will clear my calendar and pencil you in! You know me I love the attention people!

photoWell anyways, back to work folks!  We never really stop because there is always a project, which I love because I get to be a part of my pack.  I wasn’t getting quite enough attention as Dad was cooking this afternoon so I stole the Cook’s Illustrated magazine – LOTS of good eats in there but somehow Dad was not too happy with me.

So there you have it my life, some news and I am happy to report a warm, sunny 75 degrees here in Santa Monica.

Peace,

Punky

Christmas in July?

photoI am a little confused but I am OK with this confusion. I thought July was the celebration of Independence and freedom. Normally I am not a fan of the July 4th holiday as it is very loud with fireworks and even though I am a gun dog the sounds make me more then nervous.

However, this time it was better because Mom’s parental units also known as my grand units came for the weekend and we had a grand time.

Since I had never met Grandma and Grandpa D they had some catching up to do and boy did they deliver! It was Christmas every few hours. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT? I got so many gifts I did not know what to do with myself.  First it started with this squeaky red toy and then it was 3 more toys ending in a toy PITA. I was good and played nicely with all the toys EXCEPT PITA so he went away – I just wish the one in the backyard would go away as well – then my life would be complete.

The other great thing that happened is we had LOTS of food, and of course I am on kitchen duty for any treat that might come my way, and I got more then my normal share. You see I know how to work any situation and I was an excellent dog. My barking was under control when strangers walked by, I did not knock this grandma over and PITA stayed away. I was top show dog and the praises continued…

As for the weather situation here in Santa Monica it has been a hot one for this holiday weekend and currently I am reporting mid 70’s, although is was over 80 in our house most of the weekend.  The parentals and grandparentals were a bit uncomfortable as we don’t have air conditioning but I think they need to toughen up like me!

Safe holiday travels to all of you.

Love Perry

I Missed Graduation at Santa Monica College!

photoHello People!

This summer is shaping up to be fun and exciting. I love summer time because my internal clock keeps moving which means I am UP by 5AM wanting my food. Also, it means I can get a jump-start on the PITA, who continually torments me with his squeaking.

Dad took a video of my nemesis taunting me and put it on Facebook and everyone loves it. The best part is it is caught on tape so no one can deny he gets up in my face.

It has also been an exciting time as Dad FINALLY graduated. I was bummed out, as I did not get to go to the commencement. He tried to be nice and put his hat on my head to take a photo but I was not having anything to do with his decorated photography cap. That will teach him!  The great news is he can now spend more time with ME instead and take my pictures versus all those other non-canines he’s been hanging out with.

Also, I wanted to announce  I am starting to visit the office a little more and I am excited that maybe they will let me go there more and see my fans. However, when I am done with something I am ready to leave. I overheard them say I need to step up my training so I am a better behaved dog. I will get there but that patience thing is challenging.  I can only last a little more than an hour and then want to go on to the next errand of the day.

My medical issue is much better and I am feeling great. It is hard though at times as I want to eat anything and everything and I cannot have wheat or anything too fun.

However, the good news is I do live in the Dopart-Batchelor household so there is always fun food around – I just have to wait long enough in the kitchen for something to magically drop on the floor. Dad is trying his best to hook up my meal times and I am pretty satisfied.

I did get into a more than a LITTLE bit of trouble as I am mastering opening of the dog food container. Did you know if you do not screw the top tight you could just take your foot and paw at it until it opens? It totally awesome as then you have a buffet and can eat all you want – I had my own “Hometown Buffet” and it was awesome!  Dad was doing something else besides watching me so that will teach him!

And, of course the Weather Weimaraner reporting a REALLY warm day here in Santa Monica – I believe it got up to 80 degrees today so our plants were not so happy!

Love to ALL my fun fans!

Punky Perry

I’m a Gluten-Free Dog

Hello Campers….

photoThe Punky is back from the land of sick and trying to get back to my normal self. As most of you know I was out of commission and it was a pretty itching situation. I had to go to the vet, take medicine and have socks on my feet. Not fun at all since I like being active and on the go.  It put MORE than a cramp in my Punky Style!

I overhead Dad say he was worried about my labored breathing and thank goodness we got to the vet in time so I could get a shot to make it all stop. Unfortunately I have some scares on my undercoat but I better stop now before I start sounding like a complaining old man dog.

Mom ordered some probiotics to help with my immune system so hopefully I will be back in full swing soon.

I finally got out and this morning Dad took me on my morning walk to see all the weekend people out there. I got to go to my first garage sale and I believe I was more treasured then the antiques.

Yep – that’s right folks I am a looker and there is always a few people who stop and ask the who, what and how gorgeous I am. One little boy even asked if I was for sale.

Thank goodness I have been on my best behavior and Dad didn’t sell me. And who am I kidding anyway?   Those parentals would be lost without me!

OK, it is almost dinnertime I am on a new hypoallergenic food with my raw turkey and broccoli. It has a fancy named and is called Royal Canine Veterinary Diet Selected Protein Adult PD. Dad says we have to try it out to see if that will also help my skin problems. So this dog is going completely wheat and gluten free.

AND I almost forgot – we had a duck visitor in the front yard this afternoon and I went CRAZY since Dad was out there taking pictures and being nice to another creature besides me – can you imagine?  Hasn’t he read that I have duck in my new dog food – he better be careful or else!

June gloom seems to be on hold right now as it was a sunny 73 degrees in Santa Monica today – the Weather Weimariner is back!

I’ve Been Under The Weather

Can you believe that?  The Weather Weimaraner is under the weather.  I’ve been out of commission folks.  I’ve been excessively licking since my skin was SO itchy.  I even licked my feet till they bled and now I have scabs and so I cannot be photographed at present.  I had to wear little socks that were NOT flattering.

Apparently I have this SENSITIVE system and ate a treat at daycare that did not agree with me.  I broke out into welts all over within a few hours and had to go to the vet and get a BIG shot and lots of medicine.  It’s getting a little better but the parentals had to switch my food to some hypoallergenic one – as long as it’s tasty and does not have carrots I don’t mind.

I’ll eat anything but carrots which Mom says does not make sense.  It’s just one of those odd things about me that makes me stand out from other dogs.

So no weather report today – I’ll catch up with you all next week!

Love The Sensitive Weimariner

Perry

A Lazy Sunday and my Pudding Sample

photoHello Campers!

Today was another fun, filled Sunday at what I like to refer to as Casa de Perry. As with all my summer mornings they start of at 5:30 and I am ready to go. However, the parentals think they can sleep in on the weekends but not on my watch.

Mom was busy as she had two back-to-back Motivational Interviewing trainings, so I had to hang out with Dad every day. I went to Dad’s side and yawned really loud in his ear to get his attention. He got up and I gave him some love and we started the morning. He made me be very quiet as to let Mom sleep in a little this morning. I like to have everyone up but I don’t always get my way!

After I had my breakfast I wanted to snuggle under the blanket in my chair with Dad for another hour. I love my cuddle time but just as I was really starting to fall back to sleep my best friend PITA came screeching. That got me all worked up and the house was fully awake.

Then after my walk and saying hi to all my dog pals on the block we came home and Dad started making something in the kitchen. I was so excited as I saw fun items and pans I had not seen in a long time. Something was up and I needed to be a part of it.

He was making tapioca pudding from scratch and the aromas filled the house. I did not leave his side for what seemed like hours while he stirred white stuff in the red pan.

Finally it was done and because I was so good I got to sample the rich pudding. However, because it was so rich Mom was not going to allow Dad to feed me enough since it has a little more sugar than I’m used to – I guess I have to expect that having a dietitian for a Mom.

As for the rest of our life we are cruising along nicely. I almost forgot the weather as I am the Weather Weimaraner and it was a beautiful 72 degrees today!

Love to you all…

Perry but no longer the Puppy

I AM THE BUTTER THIEF

photoI just can’t seem to help myself!

I love butter and can’t seem to get enough of it. When Dad is cooking I wait till he’s not looking and steal it off the counter.  I’ve done this multiple times so it seems Dad is not too smart at remembering my thievery.

Maybe HE needs more of those omega 3 fats for his memory – who knows?

In fact, he frequently leaves things on the counter for me to steal and Mom reminds him but lately his mind is elsewhere-maybe somewhere in the photo clouds (?)

I don’t really differentiate but I do really like Plugra butter the best – I know that grass-fed butter from Europe is the best and gives me good fats for my fabulous shiny coat.  I also know the research that butter IS the preferred fat over margarine which Mom does not allow in the house.

So now I’m on a short leash since Dad found my butter paper stash in the back yard under the pine tree.  No more late night scooby butter snacks.  I guess I’ll have to find a new fix.  Here I am nonchalantly trying to hide the butter stick I stole but we know it will soon be taken away!

And I ALMOST forgot – it was a beautiful sunny 73 degrees today in Santa Monica – have you noticed it has been about the same temperature each week?  No wonder I have to get into trouble to change things up.

Until next week PEOPLE!

Love The Butter Thief

From Morning Squirrels to Wedding Photos

perry_bride_grmHello People!

Yep it was a challenging start today!

It started off on the wrong side of the bed as Dad put it. My little nemesis PITA the squirrel got me all wound up first thing. The parentals were snoozing away and I heard him calling me from outside the window. He just continued to screech which made me agitated and I knew that I needed to get outside without parental interference. You know there was no way Dad would let me chase PITA and bark at 5:45 AM on a Sunday.

I kept my cool, waited and pretended I needed to go outside. I worked the Mom angle by nosing her and getting her to let me go outside. She loves me so she obliged and I took off jumping 3 steps and the PITA race was on. It was full on barking and I knew I was going to get screamed at but who cares when you can wreak havoc in the backyard before the sun is fully out.

Don’t get too excited folks as Dad came flying out the back door, robe flying open and whispering “stop it,” kind of like that Bob Newhart video Mom shows at all her Motivational Interviewing trainings. If you haven’t seen it, it’s pretty funny!

Of course, this sort of calming voice just made it worse because PITA started to scream at Dad! I was galloping to and fro dirt flying everywhere as I was chasing nature’s alarm clock on the fence.

Now let me tell you…a timeout before breakfast is not that fun. However, it was so worth it because it was all about me as usual.

After this, we all went on a walk since Dad thought it best to try to get me some exercise before his wedding shoot today. Of course it was a walk with lots of birds and squirrels and that just made me crazy hyper and Mom said, “he is off the chain.”

I heard them talk about how I needed to surround myself with healthy friends that would not cause me to get into too much trouble. Yeah right, like they can choose my friends.  Then they said maybe I needed a session with Auntie Chris about choosing safe friends who don’t taunt me.  Like canine therapy could really work? I’m not sure dogs can individuate anyway since they always need their owners for everything.

Anyway the fun was just starting because the bride and groom showed up and it was Uncle Andrew and Sonja. Of course I was banished to Mom’s office while Dad and the crew took photos.

I was irritated because I was not allowed to participate. I don’t understand why? When Dad and Andrew are shooting they let me run and hang with the guys. Now that there were flowers, cake, dress and fancy stuff I was on a tight leash.

Dad said I could be in one of the photos but I needed to pose like a Walter Wegman dog. Not happening as I was frustrated and thought I would do it my way. As you can see by the attached photo – sitting pretty was not happening since lying in the dirt is more my style.

Remember folks I am a country dog and beat to my own drum.  And by the way – the heat wave is gone thank goodness. It’s still pretty warm here but today it’s a beautiful sunny 73 degrees in Santa Monica! Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!

Perry

It’s SMOKIN’ HOT in Santa Monica

photo-4This past week there has been record high temperatures in Santa Monica and I have just been a lounging dog in the middle of it all. We do not have what Dad calls AC in Casa de Perry so the car rides have been a refreshment from the heat.

One day Dad and I did have some fun and shot wedding pictures with Uncle Andrew and I got distracted with a marrow bone which we know is good for my skin, and health besides keeping me out of trouble.

Dad has NOT been playing enough with me – this school thing needs to be over NOW as I am not getting all the attention and affections I deserve. I heard he only has 4 more weeks till big graduation day so he can get his degree in photography, and we can all move on with our lives.

photo-3Mom was really happy this week as she had a cool Registered Dietitian intern Caitlin from Pepperdine to help with promoting our gluten-free cookie book which you remember I’m featured in.  In case you forgot it’s all about ME.

I want it to be June Gloom in Santa Monica soon so if you have some COLD in your part of the world please send me some. Everyone’s been talking about global warming and I have no idea what that is – all I know is I need some global cooling here.

Ok – the Weather Weimaraner has reported faithfully for the week. Till next week people!

Love ME